The Annual General Meeting in May was a good opportunity to meet some of you and present an annual round up of the membership figures. The usual array of spidery graphs revealed that the membership was continuing with the ‘plateau’ effect that was first indicated towards the end of 2016. There were 5,796 memberships at the time of the AGM, which was a small increase on the previous year. Interestingly, Club level increased by 82 while Family decreased by 85, which clearly shows the swing from Family to Club which we have been seeing for some time. The take-up of the special Life membership offer to long-standing members was greater than expected with 48 people switching, and in- evitably that also had an effect on the numbers in the other levels.

All this means that you are contributing to the Museum around £430,000 a year in subscriptions (with Gift Aid). Not only that, but the BTM carries out fund-raising in other ways to support specific projects at the Museum. Over the years you have provided funds for such things as the Merryweather Fire Engine, the Pratts Pagoda, the Test Hill railings, the Concorde bus and this year, the re-creation of the iconic Brooklands Scoreboard. This has largely been funded from your generosity, with the Life membership offer and the last two Winter Draws plus a welcome donation from Aston Martin for which we thank them very much. We look forward to the official unveiling of the Scoreboard, which we hope will take place at the Reunion on 13th August.

Member demographics

When we changed to a new membership system at the end of 2015 one of the aims was to gain some more information about members, such as age, demographics, location and when you visit. At the AGM we presented the initial findings of

With my MGF register ‘crew’ at MG Day (Tim Morris).


the ages of new members joining, with over 600 dates of birth gathered. It has revealed that the largest age group joining is 31 to 45 years at 42 per cent, which perhaps shows that you are a lot younger than we may have thought! Later in the year we will be moving to a system that counts you in as you visit and at the same time checks your membership details. This will affect how you show your cards when you enter as in future the bar-code will be scanned. If you were wondering what the QR code is on the card then just point your QR reader on your mobile phone at it and it should take you to our website. That is where you will find out first what is going on with the BTM.

Great to see you It has been great to see a lot of members turning up for Museum events – there were a thousand at Auto Italia and a similar number at the Emergency Services Day. Even at the smaller events members often make up between 20 and 40 per cent of those attending. I’ve been at most of the events this year and you can see photos of them on our Facebook page or linked from our website to give you some idea of what Museum and BTM events are all about – you can then make a note in your diary to get to them again next year! One unmissable event coming up, on 23rd July, is the members’ own event – the Brooklands Classic Car Show and Jumble. The aim is to showcase members’ classic vehicles and motor bikes, as well as inviting the public along to show their vehicles too. We would love to see you there. Plenty of prizes are on offer, including the overall ‘Car (or bike) of the Show’ trophy which resides in the Members’ Bar all year round with your name on it – only if you win of course! We look forward to seeing you there. For me the MG Day is one of the highlights of the year as I own an MGB GT and MGF and I


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